Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain each and every day, and it is something that interferes with overall quality of life. Pain is often due to inflammation in the body, and not only can inflammation trigger pain, but inflammation can also lead to chronic disease. It is essential to reduce as much inflammation in the body as possible to not only reduce pain but to also support overall health and wellness.
If you experience some sort of pain-related condition, or can’t quite pinpoint why you have chronic neck or back pain, it may be time to take a look at your diet and see what anti-inflammatory foods you can enjoy.
Here are three anti-inflammatory spices to add to your diet to help you feel your best!
3 Anti-inflammatory Spices to Reduce Pain & Inflammation
#1 Turmeric: Likely one of the most well-known anti-inflammatory spices, turmeric has been found to hold a number of health benefits when it comes to reducing pain and inflammation in the body. In fact, turmeric may be so powerful in reducing pain-related conditions, that it may be able to take the edge of just as well as some pain-relieving medications. Not only that, but some studies have even found it to be beneficial for reducing pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. (1)
Turmeric can easily be added to the diet in powder form, or you can use whole turmeric root in things like homemade ginger and turmeric juice or added to stir fry dishes. Making a homemade golden milk latte with coconut milk, ground turmeric, and a pinch of cracked black pepper is another excellent way to add this anti-inflammatory spice to your diet.
#2 Ginger: Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory spice that may be able to help reduce pain and combat inflammation. Ginger also holds some pretty impressive antioxidant properties and its use has even been studied when it comes to using it to help relieve pain related to osteoarthritis. A study found that ginger may make a great pain-relieving alternative option to NSAID medications. (2) However, not only does ginger holds some great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, but it is also commonly used to help support various digestive complaints such as nausea and even heartburn.
You can try adding ginger to your diet by adding some ground ginger to brown rice or quinoa bowls or adding a very small amount of fresh ginger to smoothies.